Caring for Ourselves. It’s not optional.

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In the last 4-6 weeks, I’ve presided at the funeral of a young man who died unexpectedly – but also admittedly had health issues and did not take care of himself physically as well as he might have. I’ve been involved in conversations about and with pastors who have left ministry after admitting to personal failure. Finally, I’ve found myself … Read More

2018 Great Lakes Regional Synod Re-cap

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As a classis in the RCA, we participate in a regional assembly called the Great Lakes Regional Synod (GLRS). This group, made up of churches from classes from throughout Michigan and Ohio (primarily), meets one time per year on the first Monday of May. Below is a brief summary of the key happenings. Several reports were given by Regional Synod Leaders & … Read More

Growing Churches in Changing Times

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Today’s blog post was written by Rev. Tom Grabill. Tom recently had the opportunity to attend the Navigating Change Together conference hosted by the Regional Synod of Canada. Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger, author of “Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory” led sessions on the topic of Adaptive Leadership – how to guide our communities with vision and hope through … Read More

Reflections on Ridder

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    Today’s blog post was written by Rev. Steven DeVries who serves a lead minister at North Holland Reformed. If you’d like more information about Ridder, please contact Rev. Andy Bossardet, RCA Coordinator for Equipping Thriving Congregations (abossardet@rca.org or 616-541-0906) )   4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first … Read More

Why Art?

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In a world that keeps spinning toward black and white, art puts us in touch with pastels. Last Friday evening, my wife and I spent time at ArtPrize9. At one stop, there was a beautiful table made out of a piece of ash wood. The top of the table was filled by the artist with a mural of color and … Read More